Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Brad Pailey won his first GRAMMY Award in 2008 for Best Country Instrumental Performance and he is believes in 'more music, less talk' with his 2008 album, Play, which promises to increase axes across the board, alongside some of the guitar world's great heroes. Featuring guest vocal and musical collaborations with B.B. King, Keith Urban, Steve Wariner, and Buck Owens.
Billboard (p.29) - "'Turf's Up' is an impressive tribute to the surf instrumentals of early rock'n'roll. 'Come On In,' a duet with Owens, is a pleasant find and fitting tribute."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "PLAY sees Nashville superstar Paisley jam with an array of equally adroit pickers..."
Blender (Magazine) (p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Paisley is a] hell of a guitar player, a talent emphasized on his sixth album -- mostly instrumental set of surf jams, countrified picking, jazzy filigrees and all-out riffage..."
Paste (magazine) (p.59) - "Paisley's guitar rolls and tumbles like an Olympic gymnast, trading licks with the pedal steel and banjo."
Personnel: Brad Paisley (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, mandolin, bass guitar); Manny Rogers, Snoop Dogg (vocals); Gary Hooker (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, baritone guitar); Frank Rogers (acoustic guitar, electric 12-string guitar, piano); Robert Arthur, Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar); Sergeant John Peter Jorgensen, James Burton, John Jorgenson, Keith Urban, Albert Lee , Redd Volkaert, Steve Wariner, B.B. King, Vince Gill, Brent Mason (electric guitar); Randle Currie, Randel Currie (steel guitar); Buck Owens (dobro, mandolin); Kendall Marcy (banjo, keyboards); Aubrey Haynie, Justin Williamson (fiddle); Jim "Moose" Brown (piano, Farfisa, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ); Bernie Herms, Gordon Mote (piano); Kevin Grantt (upright bass, electric bass, bass guitar, fretless bass); Kenny Lewis (bass guitar, background vocals); Ben Sesar, Brian David Willis (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Wes Hightower (background vocals); Chris O'Donnell, Nick Michaud, Drew Bollmann, John Harvey, Justin Niebank, Steve Short, Greg Lawrence.
Audio Mixer: Justin Niebank.
Liner Note Author: Judy Forde Blair.
Recording information: Blackbird Studio, Nashville, TN; Digital Insight, Las Vegas, NV; The Castle, Franklin, TN.
Introduction by: Snoop Dogg.
In an unusual move for an established country singer, Brad Paisley's PLAY is a primarily instrumental album that puts its focus entirely on Paisley's underrated guitar work. Far from being a traditional country album, or even a contemporary country-pop album, PLAY works in a wide variety of genres, including Les Paul-style jazz, ripping surf rock, old-fashioned electric Chicago blues, and metal-tinged rock & roll.
Paisley also assembles quite a list of guest stars: a re-recording of an early hit features a guest appearance by the actor Andy Griffith, while the Bakersfield country rocker "Come On In" features the late Buck Owens and a bluesy take on "Let the Good Times Roll" welcomes B.B. King. Two vocal tracks, "Start A Band" and "More Than Just This Song," feature Keith Urban and Steve Warriner, respectively, while the epic "Cluster Pluck" is a tongue-in-cheek high-speed dash through the history of country guitar showcasing James Burton, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, and four other guitarists besides. PLAY is a detour, but a worthwhile one.